When it comes to BMX, the X Games have had a major influence on almost everything in the sport over the past 20 plus years. It's the Super Bowl for action sports and a place where riders can carve a name out for themselves to either help or further their career. Many current riders were first introduced to BMX by watching the X Games on tv.
The very first X Games premiered back in the summer of 1995 bringing what were once considered outsider sports and cast them into the spotlight making them somewhat mainstream. For many riders, companies, and fans it changed BMX forever!
23 years later the X Games is still going strong and this year included 7 different BMX events including BMX Big Air, Vert, Street, Dirt, Park, park best trick, and the Real BMX Street video contest held a month before. Contest riding is at an all time high in terms of difficulty and consistancy, and riders are willing to let the dice roll in an attempt to win the $50,000 check that goes along with first place gold.
In some cases, depending on the event, the 10th place run now could have won a contest 6-7 years ago. The limits of possibility are consistantly tested under the craziest of pressure, and a worldwide audience of millions on ESPN and ABC.
We invited former X Games competitor Chad DeGroot and X Games medalist Rob Nolli into the studio to discuss a variety of topics revolving around the X Games, both past and present. In addition to both of them competing in multiple X Games, they've also been a judge at high level BMX events such as the Dew Tour and competed against many of the current athletes in this years X Games.
So get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and check out this special edition of Space Brothers, the X Games Shakedown.
To learn more about the Rob Nolli visit: bmxtrickstars.com and/or follow them on Instagram: @bmxtrickstars To learn more about Chad DeGroot visit: decobmx.com and/or follow him on Instagram: @chaddegroot@decobmx To learn more about Chip Riggs visit: chipriggs.com and/or follow him on Instagram: @chipriggs To learn more about Kip Williamson visit: masterblasterplanet.com and/or follow him on Instagram: @kipbmx To learn more about the Space Brothers Podcast visit: spacebrotherspodcast.com